Key Litigation Support Contacts: Marcus Fishburn (Global Practice Head), Sam Taylor (Practice Head, US), Septimus Knox (Global Practice Deputy Head)
Number of Employees: 250+
Number of Languages Spoken: 30+ including Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian.
International Offices: 6
Year Founded: 2005
S-RM is a global intelligence and cyber security consultancy. Founded in 2005, the company comprises 250+ practitioners across six international offices, serving clients across all regions and major sectors. Headquartered in London with offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Washington, D.C., S-RM supports clients by providing intelligence that informs critical decisionmaking and strategies.
The firm established a dedicated disputes & investigations practice in 2018 to provide specialist support to clients engaged in contentious situations. S-RM’s intelligence is deployed in a number of scenarios including litigation, international arbitration, internal investigations and fraud-related investigations. The team works on many different types of dispute, including contractual; shareholder; joint venture; trademark or IP; family and investor-state disputes, and many more.
In parallel to its Disputes & Investigations practice, S-RM has a Deal Advisory team which delivers complex pre-transaction due diligence to some of the world’s largest private equity houses, corporate M&A teams and international financial institutions. The team operates globally but has particular expertise gathering intelligence in markets in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The firm’s due diligence offering is also used by banks, governments and major corporates.
Main Areas of Practice
S-RM’s disputes & investigations practice provides a full spectrum of dispute-focused services including cyber threat intelligence; eDiscovery and digital forensics; asset tracing and enforcement strategy; witness identification, profiling and location; litigation reconnaissance; and strategic intelligence. At the firm, traditional investigators sit alongside cyber security experts and seasoned crisis managers. S-RM’s investigations involve support from all quarters of the firm, be it physical surveillance, expert witness support, or cyber-led forensic investigations. The company’s areas of particular expertise include:
- International asset tracing
- Litigation support
- Internal investigations
- Digital forensics and cyber incident response
Research and analysis are provided by six regional teams, which together provide expert coverage of a range of jurisdictions globally, from the most prominent to some of the smallest and most obscure. Collectively, SRM’s analysts and managers speak over 35 languages and have been hired from a broad range of sectors including intelligence, government, finance, journalism, the military and academia. Each team is adept at locating hard-to-find public records and has built an extensive network of human sources on the ground in their region. On every project, S-RM brings together the most relevant and experienced practitioners from across the business, creating teams designed to address unique problems and complex challenges.
S-RM’s clients include sovereigns, multinational corporations, law firms and private clients (often UHNWIs). These clients trust the firm to keep them well informed and to resolve their most sensitive disputes with speed, versatility and discretion. S-RM builds long-term partnerships with its clients to gain a deep understanding of their challenges and goals. Fostering close relationships means that the company can respond quickly to changing requirements and adapt its approach as its clients’ needs develop.
The firm’s advice is direct, honest and objective. S-RM delivers tangible results and presents findings in clear, straightforward language. The company’s approach is always transparent, and great emphasis is placed on understanding its clients and staying in close contact with them. A rigorous methodology and deep regional expertise means that S-RM’s clients can always rely on the firm’s advice and act upon its intelligence.
- Asset tracing work for the National Asset Management Agency of Ireland over several years, supporting the realisation of more than EUR 40 billion in asset recovery and sales.
- Advising litigation funders on enforcement prospects pre-investment, and strategies to support asset recovery post-investment.
- Supporting a state-owned energy company with intelligence and asset tracing in UNCITRAL, LMAA, LCIA arbitral proceedings; submitting expert reports to the High Court in London in support of related worldwide freezing order applications.
- Acting for a state-owned energy company in ICC arbitration, demonstrating fraud and embezzlement by its joint venture partner in West Africa.
- Working for a major Russian corporate to combat negative PR campaigns, resolve shareholder disputes and provide intelligence on joint venture partners.
- An internal fraud investigation in the Americas for an FMCG multinational, including digital forensics and employee interviews.
Praia de Botafogo, 228, 1105, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22.250-906
Tel: +55 21 3031 6030
Unit 8102, YF Life Tower, 33 Lockhart Road, Wanchai
Tel: +852 6209 2185, +852 3008 2134
21st Floor, Towers South, The Towers, 2 Heerengracht, Cnr Hertzog Boulevard, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001
Tel: +27 (0)21 300 9870
United Kingdom (HQ)
4th Floor, Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London, EC3A 7DT
Tel: +44 (0)20 3763 9595
New York: 200 Liberty Street, New York, 10281
Tel: +1 212 653 1910
Washington: One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20005
Tel: +1 917 748 172